The Asia-Pacific Round-up (12 November 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… Japan’s competition authority is reportedly gearing up to fine 20 printing companies for bid-rigging, while Korea’s antitrust agency has fined a lens retailer for resale price maintenance. Elsewhere, Hong Kong’s Competition Commission has issued a policy note outlining when it will accept commitments to resolve competition concerns.

12 November 2021

French and Spanish enforcers launch dawn raids

Spain’s antitrust authority has raided companies in the military equipment market after it first started investigating a bid-rigging cartel in the sector in June, while France’s Competition Authority has also raided several food retailers.

11 November 2021

Italian government approves draft amendments to antitrust legislation

The Italian government has approved several draft changes to the country’s competition rules, which would strengthen the national antitrust enforcer’s investigative powers if passed by lawmakers next year.

11 November 2021

Expanded air cargo cartel claims cleared for take-off

Victims of the global air cargo cartel can claim damages for harm that occurred before the current EU competition rules came into effect, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

11 November 2021

Danish enforcer failed to prove extent of outdoor advertising collusion, court rules

A Danish court has made the rare decision to strike down part of the national competition enforcer’s finding that two outdoor advertising companies colluded on rebates offered to media companies.

11 November 2021

French court rejects online streaming joint venture challenge

France’s highest administrative court has rejected an appeal challenging the national enforcer’s conditional approval of an online streaming service joint venture, ruling that the authority has no legal obligation to conduct an in-depth review or consult with third parties.

11 November 2021

Judge promises “tight leash” on discovery in ACCC merger challenge

The judge presiding over the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s application for a permanent injunction to block a proposed tie-up between two IVF providers has said he will “keep a very tight leash” on the authority’s discovery requests.

11 November 2021

Bike maker settles online sales restrictions probe in Poland

Trek Bicycle has promised to abolish restrictive sales clauses in its contracts with distributors as part of a settlement with the Polish competition watchdog, after the latter investigated it for forcing retailers to sell its bikes in-store.

10 November 2021

Israeli enforcer opens criminal probe into food retail sector

Israel’s antitrust watchdog has raided the offices of the country’s largest supermarket along with a major food manufacturer, reportedly over concerns about price-fixing.

10 November 2021

Google Shopping win “vindicates” EU’s digital focus, lawyers say

By upholding the European Commission’s Google Shopping ruling, the EU General Court has provided a huge “boost” for the enforcer’s pursuit of anticompetitive practices in digital markets, local antitrust lawyers have said.

10 November 2021

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